With summer, my mind always turns to indoor/outdoor projects, and this one is no exception. I love terra cotta, but the orangey red doesn’t match my house’s interior or exterior, so I thought a little wash effect to mimic aged terracotta pots might be nice. And I love the result!
I even taped one off and painted it to give it a dipped look, just for fun.
All you need are terra cotta pots of any size, gray and white chalk paint (I used Country Chic in pebble beach and simplicity, but see here if you want to make your own from latex), a paint brush, paper towel, and water.
Dip your brush in the water and then lightly touch the end of the bristles into your gray paint (I use the lid to ensure I don’t get too much paint). As you can see, the bristles are fairly wet, but the paint is only on the tips.
Blot on your paper towel and then paint haphazardly. The water in the brush allows the paint to blend into the pottery some and keeps the brush strokes from being too obvious.
Repeat using the white paint.
Avoid full coverage; the spots of terra cotta showing through give it the aged look.
Let dry (which should take mere minutes!).
Use them indoors or out and enjoy!
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